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Society & Solitude #1 - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 272
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 40
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-12-2012

The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.
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Photo of Skrip
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml growler poured into a Hill Farmsted oversized wine glass.

A~ hazy, glowing orange with minimal head and nice lacing.

S~ not too much going on here, a little citrus and hop bitterness.

T~ peppery bitterness up front followed by nice citrus, mostly lemon. not as much bitterness as i was expecting from the cascade hops. not a bad thing at all though. i like it a little tame.

M~ nice carbonation, smooth, and very refreshing!

O~ a great IPA, definitely not in my top 10 or anything but still very enjoyable. this could be a daily late spring/summer beer for sure!

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Photo of pschul4
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a translucent orange with a tiny bit of head but it leaves lots of lacing

S- Smell is very faint, some lemony citrus in there as well as pines

T- Zesty, lemony, peppery hops. Yes you heard me PEPPERY. It is amazing in it's unique-ness. Not much malt to speak of

M- Very carbonated but not in a bad way

O- I really like this. It's no Abner but it's tasty as phuck

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Photo of celfan
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial impression was disappointment, not the full blown hop effect like most Hill Farmstead
DIPAs. After a few more sips, I realized this was an absolute masterpiece of brewing skill
that beautifully blended a strong hop like cascade with a malty sweet finish. Cascade isn't my favorite hop, I find it almost too floral, so if HF was going to make a more malty Society and Solitude, I'm glad they went with this one. Too me, it took the flowery edge off the Cascade, but maintained a strong enough flavor not to be overshadowed by the sweeter malt character.

Full blown hopheads may be underwhelmed, but this would be perfect for the beer drinker just venturing into the hops world. I'd probably choose Abner over this eighty percent of the time, but I've never been more impressed with HF's brewing magic.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at The Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a golden orange into an oversized Hill Farmstead wine glass. Hazy, almost opaque orange. 1 inch head, good lacing down the glass.

Smells include orange, pineapple, pine, and some grassiness.

The taste is pretty similar. Not a lot of malt flavor here- maybe a tiny bit of pale cracker-like sweetness near the end. Lots of tropical hop flavor here- namely orange. Some piney bitterness lingers on the palate.

A little bit flat, not a whole lot of carbonation. Slightly sticky and sweet mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Probably the least of the HF hoppy beers I had this weekend, but still quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael!

The beer is straw yellow colored and hazy with a lasting white head. A wonderful hoppy aroma, like sunshine in a glass. A touch of fruit and mildly sweet. Quite tasty and drinkable. Crisp carbonation and light to medium in body. A touch of bitterness in the finish, but nothing aggressive. Another delicious beer from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of mltobin
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle from the brewery, poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance is a hazy golden tone with nearly two fingers of head. Its` nose has citrus hops, herbs, orange and grapefruit. Excited, for the sip, which delivered more orange, malts, hops. It is pretty tasty, but I was hoping for a little more. HF of course has set the bar high in the past. Mouthfeel is medium, not too much carbonation. Most certainly worth checking out if you can.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this. He described it to me as one of the worst IPAs made by Hill Farmstead and then stated that it is probably about a 4.2 on beeradvocate. It was quite good, I'm not as critical of their offerings.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear with nearly no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy, fruits mostly.

Beer is medium to light in body, nice hop character and a sweet finish. A very cool little beer but not as good as others from them. Almost no bitterness on the finish, drinks a little bit more like a pale ale ultimately than an IPA, still I enjoyed it and would have it again.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery. 8%ABV.
Legend has it that this brew was created with the help of current brewmaster of PB, Jeff O'Neil at the HF brewery in VT. Glad he showed up, because this brew is fantastic!
Pours a burnt orange haze that you cannot see through. It looks thick. Nice foamy chewy head with great lacing.
Smells of bitter hops, but slighty sweet and bready.
Taste is truly amazing. Great bitter hop flavor, but its finished with a candy-like sweet flavor. Rounded out with some bready/buscuit malts. Truly a great DIPA!
Id have this again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a hazy murky orange color with a cap of white head with a little bit of sticky lace.

The aroma is sweet juicy citrus with some hints of caramel. Nice balance of malt and a little bit of bitterness in the background. Bitter and grassy hops here with a little bit of caramel sweetness rounding out the pallet. Seems to have a bit of lemon here too.

Nice light body with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Overall a solid brew. Enjoyable to drink with a nice balance of hops and rich malts.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine taster glass. The color is hazy orange. There is a great white head on this.

The aroma is slightly sweet with a nice hoppy citrus. There is a bit of zestyness to the hop aroma as well.

The taste has a nice cereal graininess here while being nice and dry. There is a nice zesty hoppiness throughout that leads to a dry bitter finish. This is pretty simple, and the flavors are clean.

The body is light and this drinks nice and easy. Great carbonation coming from the growler.

This is really good. I imagine it was even better a couple weeks ago.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Lord Hobo (Cambridge, MA) on 2/3/12. Served in a cervoise.

Pours a hazed grapefruit color, topped with a thin bright-white head. This retains with a smooth creaminess that skims the surface, slathering the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells piney, floral, and a little spicy, with a hefty dose of bright zesty grapefruit and a splash of lemon tartness. Malts have a supportive sweet graininess to them underneath but are pretty much put in the background by the fresh robustness of the hops here in the nose. I swear I can smell the hops in this like 2 feet away from the glass!

The taste is straight up bright bitter grapefruit and to a lesser extent lemon tartness, with a touch of underlying softer fruit and herbal textures helping smooth this out a bit. The malts have more of a neutral balancing sweetness to them, keeping the focus on those hops, as this finishes dry, resinous, and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller feeling, with a crisp prickliness the whole way through. An underlying oily slickness (which carries that herbal feel as well) really keeps this riding along nicely. There is a touch of light warmth present from the ABV but it serves no more than to pop the zesty bitterness of this that much more.

This is another excellent hoppy offering from Hill Farmstead, with an all around robust hop profile and an easy going drinkable nature to it. This had some nice well rounded edges to it for a DIPA that kept it really accessible for the size. This is some really good stuff here.

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Photo of oline73
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Lord Hobo. Poured into a goblet.

Cloudy like cider, amber, finger fluffy off white head, ring left on top of the pour 3

Grassy citrus hops, earthy, not sweet malt 4

Bitter hops, nice balance, citrus and grass, bit peppery 4.5

Medium body, aggressive carbonation, über dry finish 4.5

Great, really bitter , earthy, I would have again 4.5

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL swingtop growler shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a golden-peach color with a nice rocky white head and a good bit of lacing. The nose carries a moderate amount of citrus hops plus a touch of an herbal/piney character. I believe someone said this was all or mostly Cascade, which seems about right. Flavor has nice citrus qualities as well with a touch of orange. Very light backing malt. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a crisp, bitter finish. Really nicely done, as always.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1082nd Review on BA
Growler to stemmed tuplip
750 ml

Thanks to CliffBrake for this one.

Shared with GuruDel

App- I wasnt expecting this color. This seemed a bit darker and muted than most. More of an over ripened peach color with some yellows mixed in. A tiny 1/4" of head was there and gone.

Smell- A very fruit forward DIPA. More along the grapefruit and musk kinda smell. Intermixed with a bit of Fusel alcohol notes.

Taste- I like the idea of single hop series to see how they all mix. This one is a bit of straight grapefruit and pine flavor with some juiciness behind it with a bit of a dry ending to the taste. A slight malt character in the middle.

Mouth- A medium body atop a slight medium carbonation level. Residual musk and grapefruit flavors.

Drink- Overall a good beer from HF. This was quite interesting with a musky zesty fruit flavor and a little bit of malt mixed in.

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Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Society and Solitude #1 poured from a large HF growler into a HF oversized wine glass.

A- Hazy golden orange similar in color to Edward. 1/2 finger white head with lots of lacing. I like the look of this beer.

S- Citrusy grapefruit aroma with some good floral hop notes. Also detect the alcohol in the nose.

T- This is a different Dipa, nice bitterness with some kick. Alcohol is present and some sweet bready malts. The floral hop characters are what im focusing in on first. Also picking up some nice citrus followed by some pine and ending with a clean dry finish.

M- Light bodied for a Dipa and good carbonation. Its not as creamy as alot of other Dipas.

O- Not my favorite Dipa but a really nice beer in all accounts. This beer is absolutly worth a try but it didnt blow me away. Not the best from Shaun Hill (great guy by the way) but still a really good beer.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler compliments of Tucker. Served in a tulip.

Pours a cloudy straw orange color with a quickly fading cream color head fading to a thin collar slippery lacing. Hops and not much else on the nose. Orange and pine, slightly earthy and some vanilla reminiscent of Nor, but for the most part this is tropical orange and not much else. Medium thick body, soft carbonation, soft and fluffy on the palate with a slight dry, bitter finish. Flavor is vanilla and orange on the front of the palate with earthy, pine and resin hops drying out the finish. Sweet with slight spice and gentle bitterness, this is a very easy drinking IIPA; no problem enjoying a 750 of this.

edit: Ideally the flavor is a 4.25, but I'll round up.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a mirky light orange color, frothy cream-colored head, sticky lacing, thin collar, thin cap.

S - Sweet citrus and tropical nose that's heavy on the Mandarin oranges. Light pine, some floral notes in there as well. Very clean and sweet, quite enjoyable.

T - Not quite as a palate-buster as the taste would suggest, which is nice. Again, really nice citrus/orange, some lemon zest, and a nice dose of sweet malts in round things out. Finish is slightly floral hoppy notes with a nice bitter bite on the end.

M - Light, refreshing, good carbonation.

O - Another excellent hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead...what a surprise, haha. The nose led me to believe this one was bigger then I though it was, which is nice because it was easy to drink while still having some nice complexity. Recommend.

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Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When they said they were going to make an experimental series of IPAs, I was kind of taken aback when they decided to make a single-hopped beer with Cascade hops, which is one of the most common hops used for the past decade +. figured they would have gone with something more "experimental" but I'll let the beer speak for itself.

very hazy golden copper with a sizable pure white head that sticks around forever and laces well.

definite cascade aroma of citrus and grapefruit with that slight pine twang. lots of orange peel, grapefruit juice, lemon zest. not detecting much in the way of malts. very hoppy and citric, which was expected.

again, lots of juicy citrus, a bit of bitterness but more of the cascade flavor than bitterness. There is a bit of a floral/spicy quality in the middle and it finishes with a bit of a resiny finish with a slight bitterness, but for how hoppy this is, the bitterness is tame. again, just tons of fresh hop flavor.

medium bodied with a very pleasant carbonation level and a slightly resiny finish that leaves a pleasant juicy flavor lingering for a while.

Well, Cascade hops are the most used in America for a reason, they are damn tasty. I like how this focuses more on the flavor and aroma of the hop rather than the bitterness. Would like a bit more complexity, but there still is a lot of flavor for a single-hopped single-malted beer.

I have read that this measures at 8%ABV, but not direct from the brewer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving thin white foam settles to a thin collar and a few wispy patches on top, but no lace. Murky white peach flesh body.

S - My initial impression is creamsicle - a hefty dose of orange and vanilla malts. However, as it warms up a bit I get a tad more herbal, earthy, and slightly piney hop flavors adding depth to the intense citrus flavor.

T - Taste is also quite similar, with both sweet orange flesh and bitter orange peel flavors, lightly sugary malts, and a surprising tropical flavor I don't generally get from Cascade hops. More balanced than I was expecting, but the malt character integrates well with the juicy hop flavors. Bitterness is pretty low.

M - Medium body, lower carbonation, chewy texture, and a very dry finish. Plenty of residual hop oils and resins that coat the teeth. Could maybe use a few more bubbles.

D - I had fairly low expectations considering I tend to dislike Cascade-heavy beers. I'm not sure if Shaun supplemented the hop bill with another hop, or just has great ingredient sourcing, but this one was a winner and avoids the soapy flavors that I associate with Cascade. I was sad that Sean took home the second 750ml growler, as I kind of wanted more of this one.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this growler. Out of my Hill Farmstead stemware.

A- A murky muddled brownish gold, rather dull in appearance. A nice healthy white head forms with tons of lacing.

S- A nice hoppy sweetness,notes of peach and grapefruit. Touches of pine and caramel malt.

T- Surprisingly smooth, and the malt is very toned down. Some bready malt, grapefruit, and lemon hops, intially. The aftertaste is very piney and lingers for minutes. While the hops are great, the base is a little lacking.

M- Could be a little undercarbed due to the growler, but it also struck me a little light for a DIPA. Though it is quite drinkable, it needs a bit more malt body.

O- Overall this beer is well above average for most, but only average for Hill Farmstead. Very nice hop usage, but the malt base came up a bit short for me. As someone else said, would rather Galaxy/Ephraim/Citra...


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Photo of CliffBrake
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to try this after having grown Cascade hops for years, and having done most of my limited homebrewing with Cascade.

Cloudy dull orange color with a small head and modest lacing.

Good floral and fruity hop aroma with a bit of malt leaking around the edges. I can imagine melon and peach in the nose.

Great and big hop flavor on a firm malt backbone. The malt is definitely in the backseat, but enough body and sweetness to create a decent sense of balance - moreso than many hop-forward American IPA's.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Overall drier and crisper than many DIPA's. Very enjoyable. I am glad to have tried this and would order it again. However, I would prefer HF's other DIPA's (Citra, Galaxy and Abner) to this one.

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Photo of cavedave
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at PB

A dark straw color, topped by a long lasting but thin head of off white foam, quite cloudy, makes some crazy lacicles on the tulip.

Med. strength aroma, grapefruit, orange peel, pine bitter, a hint of floral, neutral sweet with a touch of honey aroma.

A hop masterpice on a canvas of neutral sweet and just a hint of bread and honey. Grapefruit, bitter pith and rind, nice drying pine at the end of the sip, some floral and alcohol spice to it, quite a blast of flavor.

Very light in the mouth, yet nicely viscous, perf. low carb., and an excellent finish. Clean and delicious.

Unlikely you will get a shot at this limited, delicious beer, but if you see it go for it, it is like a Taupin/John song in the form of a collab.'tive beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY, home of brewer Jeff O’Neil, collaborator on this brew.

Pours cloudy, dull, apricot/orange amber. Light oatmeal head, leaves a thick collar and ample delicate webs and bits of fine lace.

Light and aromatic nose with fruit, resiny hops and a whiff of alcohol

Flavorful, fruity, hopped up and dangerously drinkable. Hops do not smack you in the face with audacity, but are more subtle in their approach. Notes of oranges, grapefruit, more and more hoppy waves of goodness with each sip.

Well crafted. Glad I had a chance to enjoy it.

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to the baconsausage for this one.

A: Cloudy dank orange-tinted peach in color. Forms a frothy white head with large, stable bubbles. Reduces down to patchy foamy islands of bubbly head and a large ring around the edges. Some patchy lacing.

S: A potent mix of floral hops and alcohol.

T: The flavor on this one is a bit unusual for a DIPA. The body is extraordinarily light as are the malts. Very light sweetness on the front end with some biscuit and cracker. Then there is a strong flavor of grapefruit with a bit of resiny pine mixed in. But the hops are not strong in the traditional sense: the hops are there, but they're surprisingly subdued. Finish is dry and astringent to point of being chemically. An odd beast, but an enjoyable one.

M: Rather light for a DIPA. Good carbonation. Moderate bitterness, but with a dry astringency on the finish.

O: This DIPA is a bit of an unusual one. It drinks like a single IPA with absolutely none of the characteristics of a DIPA other than the fact that it hits like a Double. Aside from the nose the alcohol is barely present, but it hit hards. A good beer.

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Photo of tempest
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Farm House in Burlington VT. Wow, I did a double take after my first sip of this beer. It's massively hoppy, but not overly heavy or thick. It's almost more wine-like for the thinner body and biting character. The hops are floral, piney, and a little fruity. It's a great and well-balanced mix of hops, though it's almost too much at times. Still, an amazing beer for hop lovers.

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Society & Solitude #1 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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